Friday, June 22, 2012
The church is celebrating its 125th year of ministry in Norristown.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Myers
Friday, June 22, 2012
Calvary Baptist Church, at 801 W. Marshall Street, is inviting the community to join them on Saturday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the church's 125 years of ministry by opening the time capsule placed in the cornerstone in 1902. The rain date for the event will be Saturday, June 30. According to The Times Herald, the church was founded as a mission church and originally located across from the Montgomery County Courthouse, but in 1887 a new mission church, called “Second Baptist,” was created. That group met in a barn at the corner of Marshall Street and Haws Avenue and in 1902, the cornerstone was laid for a new church at that location. That cornerstone reportedly came from Mt. Calvary in Palestine, which is why the church chose …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Greater Norristown Hispanic Business Association is hosting the day of music, dance, food and more as part of Norristown's Bicentennial Celebration.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, May 11, 2012
Tomorrow, West Marshall Street between Astor Street and Haws Avenue will be alive with music, dance, multicultural foods and more during the Greater Norristown Hispanic Business Association’s (GNHBA) inaugural International Festival from noon to 6 p.m. “We have very nice diversity here in Norristown, and this festival, which we intend to celebrate annually, is an opportunity to share our cultures, traditions and cuisines,” said Beatrice Nunez, president of the Greater Norristown Hispanic Business Association, in a release about the festival. The festival will feature a variety of international cuisines, entertainment, live music and a professional dance group – Folklorico Yaretzi. Philadelphia singer, songwriter, drummer and pianist Keef …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Council reconsidered the current $1.50-an-hour rate after residents and business owners complained of the unreasonably high cost.
According to The Times Herald, Norristown Municipal Council voted Tuesday night to cut the $1.50-an-hour parking rate along the West Marshall Street business corridor to 75 cents an hour. Many business owners had suggested a 50 cents-an-hour rate. Residents and business owners had been lobbying council for reduced rates since the meters were installed in February of this year. “We will lose $37,400 in revenue by cutting the fee by half,” Finance Director Richard Zawisza told the Herald. “It is a very large concession to give up half of our fees. Our budget deficit this year is $364,807.” Councilman Marlon Millner reportedly pointed out that the lower parking fee could lead to more revenue from increased traffic on West Marshall Street. …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Council is slated to address some of the West End's parking issues as well as award a contract for a traffic light at West Airy and Noble streets.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall. Among the topics on the agenda are ammendments to the parking rates on West Marshall Street and further discussion of public parking at Poley Park. Council will also be awarding a contract to West Chester-based Lenni Electric to install a traffic light at West Airy and Noble streets, but first they'll entertain a motion to waive the 30-day waiting period required by the Responsible Contractor’s Ordinance. Under public safety, there's a motion before council to approve a resolution establishing guidelines for police making warrantless arrests and a motion to waive Norristown's open container rule for one day in anticipation of the beer garden planned for …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Watch a live stream of tonight's municipal council meeting.
You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section.
The hot-button issue is included on tonight's agenda.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall. Among the many topics on the agenda are discussions of the parking rates on West Marshall Street and the possibility of expanding the time limit for parking at Poley Park to four hours. Council will also be talking about the Health Care District Ordinance and LED billboards. (Those billboards have been a hot topic in nearby municipalities recently.) You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section. You can also watch tonight's meeting live right here on Norristown Patch. Check back later for a live stream of the proceedings.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
More the 60 West End business owners, residents and suporters turned out for Tuesday's council meeting to voice their opposition to the new meters on West Marshall Street.
Though not officially on the agenda, the topic of parking took up a significant portion of the evening at last night's municipal council meeting as some two dozen folks signed up to speak on the issue during the public comment section of the evening. One by one, West End business owners, residents and area supporters took to the podium to ask council to address the concerns regarding the newly installed parking meters along the West Marshall Street business corridor. While many commenters raised similar complaints about the new parking measures – the $1.50-an-hour parking fees and the $28 tickets – others mentioned overly-aggressive enforcement and limited times as issues of concern. The new meters were installed along the four blocks …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
While not on the agenda, some residents of the West End are expected to raise the parking issue during the open comment section.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall. Items on the agenda include discussions of the new fire truck lease, Sterigere Street storm water management and the 2012 road project. While not on the agenda tonight, the issue of parking meters along West Marshall Street is expected to be raised during the public comment section by residents of that area. Fliers in shop windows all along West End business district call for residents and patrons to attend tonight's meeting and speak out on the issue. Of concern is what business owners and others say are unreasonably high parking rates for the area, overly-aggressive enforcement and a general feeling of neglect felt by the business owners along …
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Hairzone took top honors in our "Best Barber Shop in Norristown" poll.
With so many shops in the mix, we expected a tight race, but after a slow start Hairzone rocketed past the competition to take the crown as "Best Barber Shop in Norristown." Norristown Patch reader Bobby Glover said it best: "HairZone hands down is the the best! from old to new,it can be done. The skill level of each barber is unsurpassed by any group of barbers any where, any shop..." Vacante's took a commanding second place and Culbreath's beat out the rest for third. We've already stopped by and presented owner Pierre Long with his certificate and found him had at work. Congratulations, Pierre. Keep Norristown looking good. Check back with Norristown Patch next week when we'll ask readers to pick their favorite family-friendly …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
While folks on the east side deal with new procedures and kiosks, West End business folks are crying foul over high prices and poor communication.
This story is the second in a multi-part series on Norristown's new parking regulations and procedures and how residents are coping with the change. A quick drive up West Marshall Street these days shows a very different scene than one just a few short months ago. The busy commercial district, often celebrated by council members as an example of better economic times returning to Norristown, was once lined with cars on either side of the street. If you had business in the area or just wanted to grab some great food, take advantage of the myriad of shopping choices or many convenient services, you might spend more than a few minutes driving up and down the block looking for a parking spot. Nowadays, a drive up West Marshall reveals a lot …